Mysticism Part 5

December 19, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“A mystic as a person whose identity is deeply rooted in God’s love,” says Wil Hernandez in his article “Henri Nouwen as an Evangelical Mystic” on pages 60—63 of Spring 2008 issue of Conversations He described mysticism as “simply dwelling in the presence of God.”

Other favorite quotes

Evangelicals have a great need for a mystical dimension to their lives so they could be more free in living and not driven. 61

Mysticism is a direct personal experience of God

I am convinced that I will truly be able to love the world when I fully believe that I am loved far beyond its boundaries. 62

Underhill advocated a union with the divine that “impels a person toward an active, outside, rather than purely passive, inward life.” 63

The great mystical truth of the spiritual life, Nouwen emphasized, is that the more intimately connected you are with the Lord, the more in solidarity you are with all the suffering people of the world. 63

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